UV protection is also a common mission in the actives category to fight such damage, as seen with SkinCeuticals’ latest development, Sport UV Defense SPF 50. This marathon-runner-tested
sport sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
and is formulated for extreme conditions and active use. This new
sport SPF is fortified with Artemia salina, said to increases skin’s
resistance to UV and heat stress and protects collagen from UV
damage, according to the company.
Aiming to perfect problematic skin, GloTherapeutics will
launch its Dual Advantage Cream in August. Designed to control breakouts while fading the residual discoloration associated
with them, multifunctional active ingredients also provide relief
from flushed, chronically red skin to reveal a clear, fresher complexion, claimed the company. Actives of 10% azelaic acid target
hyperpigmentation, suppress the growth of follicle bacteria and
reduce inflammation while ingredients including niacinamide
and Arlatone Dioic DCA improve the skin’s texture and barrier
function to increase its radiance and natural glow.
Aveeno Men’s Skin Care products.
Actives Battle Acne
While anti-aging and UV protection are key targets for active
technologies, acne is another major area in which potent actives
have a proven track record.
In the mass market, Johnson & Johnson is keeping up with
consumer demand with new acne rollouts from Neutrogena. The
Neutrogena Natural Acne collection harnesses the power of natu-rally-derived 1% salicylic acid in wintergreen to offer a natural alternative to traditional acne remedies, claimed the company. The
wintergreen is processed in a unique way, resulting in USP grade
salicylic acid that meets the OTC monograph for acne treatment.
Also new at J&J is the Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face
Wash, Shave Gel and After Shave Lotion. The brand’s classic natural active, colloidal oatmeal, fuels the formulations.
Another mass brand, Oxy, has been tackling acne with its
recently reformulated product arsenal that relies several OTC
monograph-compliant actives including benzoyl peroxide.
According to Meryl Reis, vice president of R&D, each product
in the Oxy line is formulated with an effective active“delivered
appropriately” for that product’s use, while providing a positive
“The actives function to treat and prevent acne and each work
a little differently. Consumers can experiment with different ac-
tives at different concentrations to find what works best for their
skin,” she said, noting that the brand recommends consumers
try a combination of its products to help prevent acne breakouts.
(You can read more about the Oxy relaunch by logging onto“Oxy
Ups The Ante” on happi.com)
The Big Picture
In the end, while actives are critical, chemists recognize that the
entire formulation must be firing on all cylinders to ensure the
product delivers results in a way that’s safe and aesthetically
“The goal of the formulation is to deliver the clinically proven
actives in a safe and effective system that is consumer preferred,”
said Reis.“The actives are critical, and equally critical is the rest of
the formulation, since product differences have a big impact on
the ability of the active to be effective.”
Looking for a new active for your personal care product?
A list of them starts on p. 86.
•The 60 Second Facelift—with a price tag of
$1,999.99—was developed by a world-renown
MD with more than 25 years dedicated to the
field of non-surgical facelifts. (When contacted
by HAPPI at press time, the doc wished to remain
anonymous). After applying 60 Second Facelift,
the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines disappear and skin looks and feels softer, smoother,
younger and tighter claims the company. The results will typically last six to eight hours, varying
between skin types.
Ingredients include water, sodium silicate,
magnesium aluminum silicate, palmitoyl hexapeptide- 19, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit
water, butylene glycol, sea salt, ethylhexylglycerin